On This Day in Sport for March 27

Events in Sport

  • 1871 1st international rugby union match - Scotland 1, England 0 at Raeburn Place, Edinburgh
  • 1873 34th Grand National: Mr. J. M. Richardson aboard Disturbance wins
  • 1885 47th Grand National: Mr Ted Wilson aboard Roquefort wins
  • 1896 58th Grand National: Mr David Campbell aboard The Soarer wins
  • 1903 65th Grand National: Percy Woodland aboard Drumcree wins
  • 1908 70th Grand National: Henry Bletsoe aboard Rubio wins
  • 1914 76th Grand National: Bill Smith aboard Sunloch wins
  • 1925 84th Grand National: Maj. John Wilson aboard Double Chance wins
  • 1931 John McGraw says night baseball will not catch on
  • 1931 90th Grand National: Bob Lyall aboard Grakle wins
  • 1932 De Bataven soccer team forms in Gendt
  • 1936 95th Grand National: Mr. Fulke Walwyn aboard Reynoldstown wins
  • 1939 1st NCAA Men's Basketball Championship: U of Oregon beats OH State 46-33

Sport defeatBoxing Title Fight

1942 Joe Louis KOs Abe Simon in 6 to retain heavyweight boxing title (NYC)

Boxer and World Heavyweight Champion Joe Louis
Boxer and World Heavyweight Champion
Joe Louis
  • 1945 7th NCAA Men's Basketball Championship: Oklahoma State beats NYU 49-44
  • 1951 13th NCAA Men's Basketball Championship: Kentucky beats Kansas 68-58

Sports record brokenNHL Record

1962 Jacques Plante ties record winning 6th NHL Vezina trophy

NHL Goalie Jacques Plante
NHL Goalie
Jacques Plante
  • 1965 119th Grand National: Mr. "Tommy" Smith aboard Jay Trump wins
  • 1971 33rd NCAA Men's Basketball Championship: UCLA beats Villanova 68-62 UCLA wins their 5th consecutive NCAA basketball title
  • 1973 Dennis Amiss out for 99 v Pakistan, 3rd 99 in Test Cricket
  • 1977 Sandra Palmer wins LPGA Kathryn Crosby/Honda Civic Golf Classic
  • 1977 American tennis star Chris Evert wins her 4th and final WTA Tour Championship 2–6, 6–1, 6–1 against England's Sue Barker at Madison Square Garden, NYC
  • 1978 40th NCAA Men's Basketball Championship: Kentucky beats Duke 94-88
  • 1982 Imran takes 14-116 for cricket match v Sri Lanka at Lahore

Sport defeatBoxing Title Fight

1983 Larry Holmes beats Lucien Rodriguez in 12 for heavyweight boxing title

WBC Heavyweight Champion Larry Holmes
WBC Heavyweight Champion
Larry Holmes
  • 1988 Ice Dance Championship at Budapest won by Bestemianova & Bukin (URS)
  • 1988 Ladies' Figure Skating Championship in Budapest won by Katarina Witt (GDR)
  • 1988 Ok-Hee Ku wins Standard Register Turquoise Classic Golf Tournament
  • 1989 Delhi beat Bengal by innings & 210 to win Cricket's Ranji Trophy
  • 1990 NSW beat Queensland by 345 runs to win Sheffield Shield Final
  • 1991 NCAA bans U of Minn football team from postseason play in 1992
  • 1994 23rd Nabisco Dinah Shore Golf Championship won by Donna Andrews
  • 1994 Ice Dance Championship at Chiba Japan won by Gritschuk & Platov (RUS)

Birthdays in Sport

  • 1859 George Giffen, Australian cricketer (one of Australia's greatest all-rounders), born in Norwood, South Australia (d. 1927)
  • 1878 Miller Huggins, American Baseball Hall of Fame 2nd baseman, manager (NY Yankees WS 1923, 27-28) born in Cincinnati, Ohio (d. 1929)
  • 1903 Walt Kiesling, American NFL guard and coach (HOF), born in Saint Paul, Minnesota (d. 1962)
  • 1910 Rudi Ball, German-Jewish ice hockey star (Olympic bronze 1932), born in Berlin (d. 1975)
  • 1932 Wes Covington, American baseball player (Philadelphia Phillies), born in Laurinburg, North Carolina (d. 2011)
  • 1939 Cale Yarborough, American auto racer (Daytona 500-1968, 77, 83, 84), born in Timmonsville, South Carolina
  • 1941 Liese Prokop, Austrian pentathlete (Olympic silver 1968), born in Tulln District, Austria (d. 2006)
  • 1945 Briton Selby, Canadian NHL player, born in Kingston, Ontario
  • 1946 Bill Sudakis, American baseball player, born in Joliet, Illinois
  • 1947 Dough Wilkerson, American football player, born in Fayetteville, North Carolina
  • 1950 Vic Harris, American MLB player, born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1951 Bobby Lalonde, NHLer (Boston Bruins), born in Montreal
  • 1955 Kim Brassey, racehorse trainer
  • 1956 Brian Kelly, American CFL wide receiver (Edmonton Eskimos), born in Arcadia, California
  • 1956 Thomas Wassberg, Swedish 15K/50K cross country skier (Olympic gold 1980), born in Lennartsfors, Värmland, Sweden
  • 1958 Bart Connor, American gymnast and sportscaster (Olympic gold 1984), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1958 Bart Conner, American parallel bars gymnast (Olympic gold 1984), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1960 Steve Jarvin, Australian soling sailor (Olympics 1996), born in Sydney
  • 1960 Hans Pflügler, German footballer, born in Freising, Germany
  • 1961 Ellery Hanley, British rugby league player, born in Leeds
  • 1961 Tony Rominger, Swiss road racing cyclist, born in Vejle, Denmark
  • 1963 Ed Pinckney, American NBA forward (Philadelphia 76ers), born in The Bronx, New York
  • 1963 Randall Cunningham, American NFL quarterback (Philadelphia Eagles, Minnesota Vikings), born in Santa Barbara, California
  • 1963 James Todd Graves, American sport shooter (Olympics 1992, 96), born in Rouston, Louisiana
  • 1966 Kate Donahoo, US judoka (Olympic-92), born in Las Vegas, Nevada
  • 1967 Jaime Navarro, Puerto Rican baseball pitcher (Chicago Cubs), born in Bayamón, Puerto Rico
  • 1967 Tom Hammonds, American NBA forward (Minn Timberwolves, Denver Nuggets), born in Fort Walton Beach, Florida
  • 1969 Tom Beer, American NFL running back (Detroit Lions), born in Detroit, Michigan
  • 1970 Anthony Prior, American NFL cornerback (NY Jets, Minnesota Vikings), born in Lowell, Massachusetts
  • 1970 Ed Philion, NFL nose tackle (Buffalo Bills), born in Windsor, Ontario
  • 1972 Kirby Dar Dar, American NFL wide receiver (Miami Dolphins), born in Morgan City, Louisiana
  • 1972 Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink, Dutch footballer, born in Paramaribo, Suriname
  • 1973 Serge Tremblay, Canadian weightlifter (Olympics 1996), born in La Malbaie, Canada
  • 1974 Gaizka Mendieta, Spanish footballer, born in Bilbao, Spain
  • 1975 B. J. Gallis, CFL linebacker (BC Lions), born in Scranton, Pennsylvania
  • 1975 Gregory DuBois, hockey defenseman (Team France 1998), born in Dunkirk, France
  • 1975 Tom Goegebuer, Belgian weightlifter, born in Belgium
  • 1976 Danny Fortson, American NBA forward (Denver Nuggets), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • 1976 Djamel Belmadi, Algerian football player and manager (Al-Duhail), born in Champigny-sur-Marne, France
  • 1977 Tom van der Leegte, Dutch soccer player (PSV), born in Bergeijk, Netherlands
  • 1977 Vitor Meira, Brazilian racing driver, born in Brasilia, Brazil
  • 1979 Michael Cuddyer, American baseball player (Minnesota Twins), born in Norfolk, Virginia
  • 1981 Terry McFlynn, Northern Irish footballer, born in Magherafelt, Northern Ireland
  • 1985 Dario Baldauf, Austrian football player, born in Bregenz, Austria
  • 1985 Stijn De Smet, Belgian football player, born in Bruges, Belgium
  • 1986 Manuel Neuer, German football player (Bayern Munich, German national team), born in Gelsenkirchen, West Germany
  • 1987 Chad Denny, Canadian ice hockey player, born in Sydney, Canada

Deaths in Sport

  • 1927 Joe Start, American baseball player, dies at 84
  • 1933 Lionel Palairet, British cricketer (49 runs in 2 Tests for England 1902), dies at 62
  • 1947 Charles Smith, cricketer (batted for South Africa in 1902-03), dies
  • 2005 Bob Casey, American baseball announcer (b. 1925)
  • 2008 Jean-Marie Balestre, French president of motor sport's FIA, dies at 86
  • 2013 Hjalmar Andersen, Norwegian speed skater, dies from trauma due to a fall at 90